Cowboys vs. 49ers: Live NFL 'Sunday Night Football' Score, Updates, Highlights



Cowboys vs. 49ers: Live NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Score, Updates, Highlights

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The San Francisco 49ers have been the bane of the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff dreams in recent years. They eliminated the Cowboys from the postseason both last year and the year before. While a victory on Sunday night won’t erase those painful memories, it could help Dallas exorcise some of its old demons as they look to embark on a promising journey into January.

Dallas has appeared dominant during the first four weeks of the season, but the 49ers come into Sunday night’s showdown boasting an undefeated 4-0 record. Quarterback Brock Purdy remains unbeaten in regular-season games as an NFL starter.

The Cowboys’ defense has managed to stifle the Patriots, Jets, and Giants, but containing an offense with potent weapons across the field presents a formidable challenge.

The 49ers have not suffered a home loss since Week 7 of the previous season when they faced Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who put up an impressive 44 points. Prior to that, you’d have to trace back to November 7, 2021, to find the last time San Francisco lost at home.

The Chiefs demonstrated last season that beating a healthy 49ers team in Santa Clara requires a Super Bowl-caliber squad. Are the Cowboys up to that level? Team owner Jerry Jones sees Sunday’s game as the litmus test, referring to the 49ers as “the most likely” Super Bowl 58 contenders in a conversation with 105.3 The Fan.

The Sporting News is here to provide live scoring updates and highlights from this pivotal “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Cowboys and the 49ers. Follow along for all the key moments.

Final Score

  • Cowboys: 0 7 3 0 –
  • 49ers: 7 14 7 7 –

Results and Highlights: (All times Eastern)

49ers 35, Cowboys 10

10:47 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — Brock Purdy connects with Kyle Juszczyk for the 49ers’ fifth touchdown of the night, with four of them coming from Purdy himself. San Francisco is pouring it on against the Cowboys.

End of Third Quarter: 49ers 28, Cowboys 10

10:43 p.m. – San Francisco is methodically moving the ball downfield and is just one yard away from extending their lead to 25 points.

10:38 p.m. – The 49ers are on the cusp of entering the red zone after a 19-yard reception by Jauan Jennings. Purdy has amassed 242 yards and three touchdowns so far.

10:32 p.m. – INTERCEPTION — Under pressure, Dak Prescott throws an interception to Tashaun Gipson. It’s shaping up to be a tough game for the Cowboys, who have dominated their opponents earlier in the season.

49ers 28, Cowboys 10

10:27 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — George Kittle scores his third touchdown of the game. The 49ers’ offense is firing on all cylinders, and Kittle is making fantasy owners ecstatic.

10:25 p.m. – After Aiyuk’s loss, Deebo Samuel steps up with a 43-yard gain, highlighting the 49ers’ offensive prowess. San Francisco is in the red zone, looking to build a three-score lead.

10:23 p.m. – An offensive holding penalty nullifies a 40-yard gain by Aiyuk, shifting the momentum. Spencer Burford is responsible for the infraction.

10:21 p.m. – The Purdy-to-Aiyuk connection continues to flourish as Aiyuk gains 23 yards, providing the 49ers with breathing room after a drive that began with a false start.

49ers 21, Cowboys 10

10:17 p.m. – FIELD GOAL — The 49ers’ defense holds strong, limiting Dallas to a field goal. Brandon Aubrey nails a 50-yarder, reducing San Francisco’s lead to 21-10.

10:13 p.m. – Prescott finds CeeDee Lamb for a critical 29-yard gain, quickly advancing the Cowboys into 49ers territory at the start of the second half.

End of First Half: 49ers 21, Cowboys 7

9:58 p.m. – San Francisco’s defense continues to exert pressure on the Cowboys, with Dre Greenlaw recording a sack. Dallas concedes the half and will receive the ball to start the second half.

9:56 p.m. – 49ers edge rusher Drake Jackson walks off the field after requiring medical attention.

9:52 p.m. – The 49ers attempt to put together another drive, but a low third-down pass to Aiyuk falls incomplete. Dallas has a brief opportunity to score before halftime.

49ers 21, Cowboys 7

9:38 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — Christian McCaffrey bulldozes his way into the end zone, marking his 14th consecutive game with a touchdown. The 49ers extend their lead to two scores.

9:37 p.m. – Deebo Samuel absorbs significant hits but carries the 49ers to the one-yard line, putting San Francisco in prime position to score.

9:35 p.m. – The Cowboys had effectively contained McCaffrey until now, but the former Pro-Bowler breaks loose on a 19-yard screen pass, pushing the 49ers to the edge of the red zone.

9:31 p.m. – Aiyuk contributes with a quick 15-yard catch to initiate the 49ers’ drive, accumulating 35 yards on three catches.

49ers 14, Cowboys 7

9:27 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — KaVontae Turpin showcases his speed, creates separation, and hauls in Prescott’s pass for a 26-yard touchdown. Dallas narrows the gap to one score.

9:24 p.m. – Prescott connects with Jake Ferguson for a big 29-yard gain, advancing the Cowboys deep into 49ers territory.

9:23 p.m. – Tony Pollard has struggled so far with just 10 yards on six touches.

9:22 p.m. – Prescott delivers an excellent pass to Cooks, providing the Cowboys with another first down.

9:20 p.m. – The Cowboys secure their first first down of the game, albeit taking more than 17 minutes to do so. Although they remain in their own territory, it’s crucial for them to put points on the board during this drive to stay competitive.

49ers 14, Cowboys 0

9:14 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — Brock Purdy finds George Kittle wide open in the end zone for another score. The 49ers quickly take a 14-0 lead.

9:13 p.m. – The Cowboys are forced to punt from their own end zone after Fred Warner sacks Prescott. The 49ers will have excellent field position.

9:10 p.m. – FUMBLE — Another fumble! The Cowboys’ Jourdan Lewis wrests the ball away from McCaffrey, thwarting the 49ers’ plans to extend their lead to 14-0.

End of First Quarter: 49ers 7, Cowboys 0

9:04 p.m. – Confirmed: The 49ers recover the ball, giving San Francisco a prime opportunity.

9:01 p.m. – FUMBLE — Disaster strikes as Tony Pollard fumbles deep in Cowboys territory, and it appears the 49ers have recovered. Officials are reviewing to ensure no one was out of bounds, but the ball was clearly out of Pollard’s control. The 49ers could find themselves in the red zone.

8:59 p.m. – The drive unravels for the 49ers as a delay of game penalty sets them back, and Christian McCaffrey is tackled for a five-yard loss on 3rd & 15. Holding Dallas to a field goal attempt is a significant win for the Cowboys.

8:56 p.m. – The 49ers excel on third down early in the game, with Purdy connecting with Kyle Juszczyk to sustain the drive on 3rd & 1.

8:54 p.m. – Jayron Kearse is penalized for offsides, extending the drive for the 49ers, who are now facing more resistance from the Cowboys’ defense.

8:50 p.m. – Jayron Kearse records the Cowboys’ first sack of the night, but Deebo Samuel immediately makes up for it by gaining 11 of the 12 yards the 49ers need on the next play.

8:46 p.m. – Lamb makes his first catch of the night, but it falls short of the first down, and Prescott is sacked by Nick Bosa, demonstrating that the 49ers’ defense remains a formidable force against Dallas.

8:44 p.m. – Dallas’ second drive begins with Tony Pollard being tackled for a loss.

8:40 p.m. – The Cowboys’ defense makes a big stop, with Johnathan Hankins deflecting Purdy’s third-down pass with his helmet, forcing a punt.

8:36 p.m. – The 49ers’ defense stymies Dallas on that drive, resulting in three plays, two incompletions, and a punt from the Cowboys.

49ers 7, Cowboys 0

8:30 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN — Brock Purdy finds George Kittle wide open in the end zone for the game’s first score. Kyle Shanahan’s well-designed opening drive propels the 49ers to an early 7-0 lead.

8:27 p.m. – A bit of chaos ensues as Deebo Samuel drops a ball that could have been a fumble, but it’s a non-issue as Dallas incurs an offsides penalty. The 49ers are within field goal range.

8:25 p.m. – After a facemask penalty and a nine-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk, the 49ers quickly cross midfield.

8:23 p.m. – Kickoff is approaching, and the 49ers will initiate the game.

8:10 p.m. – Jerry Jones believes this game is a pivotal test for the Cowboys, as they aim to measure up against one of the NFL’s best teams. The pressure is on Dallas, particularly after the 49ers eliminated them from the playoffs in consecutive years.

7:56 p.m. – Former 49ers greats Frank Gore and Vernon Davis are in attendance, adding a touch of nostalgia to the game.

7:36 p.m. – CeeDee Lamb is coming off two consecutive games with just four catches. Could he be poised for a breakout performance tonight?

7:01 p.m. – The Philadelphia Eagles are on track to win in Los Angeles, putting pressure on the 49ers to secure a victory and maintain their position atop the NFC. After playing the last two NFC championship games on the road, the No. 1 seed is undoubtedly a target for the 49ers.

6:45 p.m. – Santa Clara boasts ideal prime-time weather, with temperatures in the high 70s and clear skies. Both teams have no weather-related excuses to hinder their potent offenses.

Game Details

  • Game: Cowboys vs. 49ers
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 8
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: Peacock | | Fubo (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

The Cowboys vs. 49ers matchup will be broadcast on NBC, which has held the rights to “Sunday Night Football” for a significant duration. The game can also be streamed through Peacock,, Fubo (with a free trial), and DAZN (for viewers in Canada).

Game Start Time

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 8
  • Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. CT)

The game between the Cowboys and the 49ers is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. CT) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The history between the 49ers and Cowboys adds extra intrigue to this matchup, with San Francisco prevailing in their last two encounters. The 49ers’ playoff victories over the Cowboys in the past two seasons intensify the importance of Sunday’s game for Dallas, not only for the win but also for the psychological boost it could provide.


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